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Old 10-28-2002, 05:38 AM   #15
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Basement

Frank,
When you're finished with this fabulous project.
Could I bring my Burro over so you can put in a basement?
What a great idea!!!!!
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Old 10-28-2002, 07:50 PM   #16
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Pjanits, aka "Pete"

I was lucky in that the floor had to come out allowing adequate access to the frame for installation of the basement. This would have been a bugger of a job otherwise.

The visual picture of area used is from behind the settee step-up at rear of Scamp going left to right forty-five inches, the water tank compartment extends towards rear fourteen inches, with the balance of basement sloping upward toward a left/right frame member for a total of twenty-two inches from front of basement to rear of same. If you are interested in the possibilities, let's talk about the frame design characteristics you have.

I have a question for you. How did you actually acquire a Burro? I followed over the last two plus years the sad legal saga of that companies ownership and its' business practices. Most respondents were disappointed in what they received, if anything. It looked like the next generation design with modular interior used in a pre-stressed manner for structural integrity. The best always, Fx.
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Old 10-29-2002, 05:42 AM   #17
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Frank,
My Burro is an 1981 13'. I lucked out by finding it for sale locally.
The factory in 1981 was in Plymouth, Minn.
So all the current problems are moot to me.The quality was excellent.
By the way the floor is wood, but coated with fiberglass on both sides, after 21 years no soft spots!!!
Yes, I agree, that the design is an improvement over the original,no rivets to deal with and the inner shell gives the option of adding insulation(which I do not have but have been thinking about using foam once I have wired everything to my liking.)
If I had money I would buy that company and add a few more improvments and sell a really dynamite trailer.
But alas! I have no money, hence the used Burro and not a new Casista 17'
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Old 10-29-2002, 08:32 AM   #18
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Pjantis: insulation

Pete,

Before you use foam, please check the foil with bubble insulation sold by the big box stores, (Home Depot and Lowes), it is used for pole barn type buildings and comes in roll widths from 24 inchs to 48 inchs. The thickness is approximately 3/8" with foil both sides. This is very near the insulation used in my Scamp from factory. Very flexible, easy to cut, and apply with water based contact cememt. Your then use foil tape to seal seams. Good luck, Fx.
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Old 10-29-2002, 04:29 PM   #19
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Frank,
I don't think that will work on the Burro, my thoughts on the foam was to get it between the outer and inner walls ( yes I have two walls- that's why there are no rivets). The factory adds sheet insulation when bonding the halves together, once they are glassed togther there's no going back.
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Old 10-29-2002, 05:10 PM   #20
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Oh, Pete
I do love that Burro of yours. Do you only sell too friends too? I could be a friend.

PS, dont tell Surfside I said this.

AND
Hi Frank, It's me again.
I don't think the production problem of Burro was a problem until around 98, and then it depended on the person putting it together. There are some great Burros out there.
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Old 10-30-2002, 12:41 AM   #21
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Awesome job!

Frank you must be as tenacious as my Jack Russel! Keep up the good work.
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Old 10-30-2002, 04:32 PM   #22
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Floor plan?

Hi Frank,
It's fun to see pictures of a Scamp stripped. Now I know what mine must look like under all that carpet, etc. What floor plan will you have when your finished? Back dinette? Side dinette? Bathroom? I couldn't quite make out from your interior photos what the original configuration was.

You're doing a great job reporting your progress. Kinda like Bob Villa's "This Old House".

Keep up the great effort!
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Old 10-30-2002, 05:44 PM   #23
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Say Frank,
As long as you're stripped down how's about putting in a push out dinette like the big boys have? Just think of the room you'd have.

Sure Janifer I can be your friend, but I won't sell the Burro. I have become too attached to it now.
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Old 10-31-2002, 02:48 PM   #24
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Replies to Jean Kerr and Pete.

The original Scamp floor plan is rear dinette with side closet. When I finish the side closet will have the Scamp Toilet/Shower assembly in place. Nothing unusual about mine except that I kinow each and every seam, spider and frame member more intmately than necessary.

Now Pete, I thought we acquired these little wonders to escape the mines bigger than yours syndrome, When this possibility strikes my fertile brain, I fall back on a consversation overheard at a campground between owners of two "A" type diesel pushers, each was claiming bragging rights about their grey water holding tank capacity. Lifes to short, let's enjoy the outdoors togeather.Fx.
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Old 02-02-2003, 12:24 PM   #25
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With the onset of Michigan's winter I have been having some fun with the interior components. The original interior condition of my trailer had been modified by the previous owners accident. The laws of physics will not be denied, they had taken an apartment refrigerator and placed it loosely in the cabinet designed for the factory refer. The only mounting point used was to fasten molding around the outer corners to keep it from falling out onto the floor. when the trailer was struck in the drivers side rear corner the energy path took the refridgerator and shot it upwards and forward breaking the front of the cabinets glass work, breaking the stove out of its' mounting points and dislocating the furnace. The rear wall, towards the seating area, of the cabinet was shattered inward by the movement of the rear seat as it pushed forward. The refirdgerator was jammed and twisted in such a fashion it was only after removing the cabinet from wall that it could be extracted.

I am attaching phots of the "as found", "the fun of glass" and a last set that will probably need a second messasge, file size to send.

All work was easily done with glass mat on inside, some strategic reinforcement with 1/4" plywood and glass on inside in structural areas, and the fill of original stove top and blend same into work surface of original cabinet. I plan on installing at a later point a two burner stove top replacing the destroyed three burner unit thus freeing more countertop for more work surface.<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e3d620a640d0CABINET DAM-RPR.gif/> Keep your powder dry, Fx.
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This upload will show the finished cabinet, sans doors. After glass work was finished, two coats of Interlux white epoxy primer was applied, then two coats of Interlux "Brightsides Polyeurthane" in Hattaras off-white was applied as finsih color. The method of application was sanding with 320 grit between all applications, and using the foam roller with brush tipping method of painting. This results in a very nice smooth surface. The final step after installation is to rub out with very mild polishing compound for any surface problems. Fx.<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e3d63de96b0fCABINET PAINTED.gif/>
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Fantastic job, it looks brand new.
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Old 02-03-2003, 05:18 PM   #28
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Frank, wow, you could shave in those counters. I know nothing about fiberglass but I am about to learn. Your pictures makes me believe the impossible will take just a little longer.:)

Thank you for sharing your pictures.
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